The ETH Zurich Summer School aims to establish a quantum citizen community that engages with the vibrant and intriguing questions of architecture in the world of data. During two weeks of intensive exchange, we will immerse ourselves into abstract thinking, coding as literacy, and digital citizenship in architecture. As the first event of its kind, this Summer School offers a great setting to tackle the challenges of our contemporary generic world: together we want to find better ways to articulate its overwhelming richness.Do you think that digital Architecture has reached a point of saturation? Are you interested in stepping beyond the current discourses around digitality today? We believe that digital technologies, behaviours and environments have a far greater potential than their current articulations suggest. Let us think of coding as a new literacy!
We like to think that the phenomena we are currently experiencing with our move into the ‘digital age’ are nothing new, they already took place. What if the coding of today is the perspective of the Renaissance? The Castle of Goudourville, location of our Summer School, embodies centuries of cultural re-articulations. At first a medieval fortress, it became a castle. Renovated during Renaissance and refined during Baroque, today an Airbnb rental with fast internet. Fashion after fashion, taste after taste, it is alive.
The cost of the programme is CHF 2,400 per participant. A deposit of CHF 400 will be required in advance in order to reserve a place. The programme cost includes tuition, accommodation and food, but excludes travel. Students are required to bring their own laptops.Ludger Hovestadt, architect and computer scientist, professor for CAAD at ETH Zurich. Vera Bühlmann, philosopher and media theorist, professor for architectural theory at TU Vienna. Elias Zafiris, quantum physicist and mathematician, professor at Eötvös University, Budapest. Sebastian Michael, writer and film director based in London. The programme will be carried out in collaboration with the trans-disciplinary CAAD research group.
MORE THAN JUST STUDYING
The ETH Zurich Summer School provides a unique opportunity to get a taste of architectural education and research as it is carried out at one of the world’s leading universities. The two-week programme consists of lectures, open discussions, workshops and exercises, led by researchers from ETH Zurich and TU Vienna, grouped into theoretical, practical and meditative days.
Theoretical days: a lecture, a discussion, a salon; philosophy, architecture and media theory.
Practical days: workshops, small groups, personalised tutoring; coding, machine learning, big data.
Meditative days: creative writing and individual reflections: a spectral approach to digital literacy.
WE WILL BRING TO THE TABLE
internet, the web, data-streams,
social media, search engines, cryptocurrencies,
information, physics of information,
cyborgs, migrants, avatars,
quantum, brands, spectrums, cryptography, invariances, ciphers, indexes,
literacy, coding, symbolicity,
pre-specificity, structure-ability, indexicality,
algebraic thinking, architectonics, engendering,
bodies of knowledge, bodies of thinking, politics of the digital, privacy…
symmetries, natures of things, articulations
WITH OUR HOSTS
Ludger Hovestadt, architect and computer scientist, professor for CAAD at ETH Zurich. Vera Bühlmann, philosopher and media theorist, professor for architectural theory at TU Vienna. Elias Zafiris, quantum physicist and mathematician, professor at Eötvös University, Budapest. Sebastian Michael, writer and film director based in London. The program will be carried out in collaboration with the trans-disciplinary CAAD research group.
The course is aimed at creative open-minded people who would like to challenge traditional architectural education. Current students, bachelors, masters and PhDs, recent graduates, architects, designers, career changers and individuals interested in technology and culture at large are all welcome to explore and cultivate their thinking at the ETH Zurich Summer School. The course requires no specialised knowledge or background beyond a serious interest in the topic. It will give you a glimpse of what it is to be a researcher in the field of digitality.
FEES AND ACCOMMODATION
The cost of the programme is CHF 2,400 per participant. A deposit of CHF 400 will be required in advance in order to reserve a place. The programme cost includes tuition, accommodation and food, but excludes travel. Students are required to bring their own laptops.
Potential participants should send a motivation letter and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ETH Zurich Summer School offers a limited number of scholarships which are awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. Potential participants should send a motivation letter, CV, and portfolio to Mario Guala at email@example.com.
Scholarships cover the cost of the programme up to CHF 1400, but they do not cover the cost of accommodation and food of CHF 1000.
Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt
D-ARCH / ITA / CAAD
Building HIB / Floor E 15
T +41 44 633 34 89